MINNEAPOLIS (WLUK) — In the middle of answering a question about Za’Darius Smith, Green Bay Packers left tackle David Bakhtiari stopped to scan the TV cameras in the media scrum.
“Who’s a big-time camera? Who’s got big-time news?”
Finally landing on a winner, Bakhtiari made his message to those who decide the All-Pro teams loud and clear: “You’re an idiot if you don’t vote for him for All-Pro. He is a stud.”
Bakhtiari let it be known last week that leaving Smith off the Pro Bowl roster was a mistake, calling him the best player on the Packers.
After his Pro Bowl snub, Za’Darius Smith posted a career-high for sacks in a game with 3.5 against the Vikings Monday night and helped Green Bay seal its first division title since 2016.
After the win, Bakhtiari recalled the first time he practiced with Za’Darius and went against him in a one on one drill.
“I remember when he first came in, without pads on he was kind of doing some stuff and I was like okay, we’ll see. No one really knew about him and his name still isn’t even really that well-known, but the first time we got pads on I kind of hemmed them up a little bit and I was like, alright back to my old ways,” recalled Bakhtiari. “Then the next day, he was in front of me one moment and the next moment he wasn’t. I was like, that man is too big to flash like that.
“I didn’t want to admit it then, but now that I see what he’s been doing every week I’m like ‘eh, makes me feel pretty good.’I feel better about how I go up against him in practice, I mean the guy is an animal.”